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Check subscriber status with Replication Monitor Group

Find out how to use Replication Monitor Group to glance at the status of subscribers and their agents in this tip, one of 15 tips in 15 minutes.

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10 of 15 replication tips: Check subscriber status with Replication Monitor Group

When you use Pull Subscriptions, you will have to visit each subscriber to see if the agents are healthy or to see failures. Replication Monitor Group allows you to glance at the status of your subscribers and their agents.

To use Replication Monitor Group, select Tools, Replication and Show Replication Monitor Group. At the bottom of your SQL Server Group Tree you will find the Replication Monitor Group node. Right click and select Add Distributor to Monitor. Hold down the CTRL key, select Multiple Publishers, and click OK.

Servers with replication agent failures will show up with white X's on a red circular background in Replication Monitor. You can drill down on servers and fix the failed agents, change profiles or adjust the properties of the job for performance, recovery or debugging.

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About the author: Hilary Cotter has been involved in IT for more than 20 years as a Web and database consultant. Microsoft first awarded Cotter the Microsoft SQL Server MVP award in 2001. Cotter received his bachelor of applied science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto and subsequently studied both economics at the University of Calgary and computer science at UC Berkeley. He is the author of a book on SQL Server transactional replication and is currently working on books on merge replication and Microsoft search technologies.

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